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    September 23, 2012
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good morning and welcome to "this week." caught on tape. >> the 47% who are with them who believe that they are victims. so my job is not to worry about those people. >> the leaked video rocked the romney campaign. >> if you want to be president, you have to work for everybody. >> the candidate tries to limit the damage. >> he has to get points back. he's behind in points. >> romney's senior advisers are fighting. now 44 days from the final vote, the big questions, can romney reboot his campaign? will his september slump hurt republican chances to take back
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the senate and hold the house? we'll ask our headliners the the chair of the republican national committee reince priebus. and david axelrod. our powerhouse roundtable. squaring off, nicolle wallace, ann court, robert reich and jorge ramos. hello again. with just over six weeks to go, it's safe to say that mitt romney can't afford another one like his last. to electrical problem that grounded ann romney's plane friday night, nothing seemed to go right. running mate paul ryan fielded a
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question from griping from republican insiders. >> there will always be critics. but guess what, i have rarely seen a moment with the man in the moment have met so well. >> president obama pounded away at romney's private thoughts on that 47% in wisconsin. >> we can't get very far if we're just writing off half the country. as a bunch of victims. or presume that somehow they want to be dependent on government or don't want to take responsibility for their own lives. >> and with that, let's get right to our headliners david axelrod and the reince priebus. reince, let me begin with you. thank you. president obama, you saw him yesterday, voters are going to be hearing about that leaked video every single day. >> well, i mean, listen, i think governor romney has been pretty
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clear, probably wasn't the best-said moment in the campaign and probably not the best week in the campaign. i think we can look back at last week as a campaign in a couple of months, that this this was the defining week in both campaigns, where i think both campaigns are crystallizing around a central theme which is going to be, what kind of future do we want for our kids and grandkids? what type of america do we want for this country? do we want the cradle to grave, life of julia, obama care, we'll take you from preschool to death america, or do we want sort of a return to, you know, opportunity, liberty, freedom, you know, the type of america where, when i grew up, here in wisconsin, that my dad would point to a house as a union electrician, you know what guy, if you go to school and work
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hard you're going to live in that house. >> let me interrupt, you liked the choice that was presented to voters last week? >> no. here's what i would say, it's an important question and i think the question presented to this question and the question that will be presented, isn't so much, we can take about whether people are better off today than four years ago, and clearly we're not, but i think this more important question is, what type of america, and whether our kids are going to be better off for 10, 20 years from today and the policies that barack obama are putting in place, we have seen an enormous growth of people that are dependent on government. i don't think that's the type of america that we want for our kids and grandkids. that's an important question that should be presented to the america people and barack obama has made everything worse,
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george. >> you know there are chorus of republican critics out this week as well, none more forceful than peggy noonan in the wall street journal, she said, it's time to admit that the romney campaign is an incompetent one. it's not big. it's not brave. it's not trautfully tackling great issues. she amend that in a saturday column. she said that it was just being polite. is romney in denial? >> no, i don't think so i george, and quite frankly, think peggy noonan is really smart. i read both of those columns. where we're at as a movement and conservatives and people who are really worried about growth of government in this country, i respect and admire people who
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get very concerned and even if they're upset about, you know, something that happened in a campaign, or if the week needs to be better, like last week, i think this is a different kind of campaign. i can guarantee you that all of the people that we're talking about here in wisconsin, we're worried about the future of this government. the leeway given on our side of the aisle, is very small to likes of peggy noonan and other writers, who like, we need to be ahead and pounding away. i think we had a good week last week. in retrospect, we were able to frame up the debate last week in the sense of what future do we want and do you want out there for yourids and grandkids and clearly, things aren't going well in this country. >> even your governor, scott
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walker, republican governor of wisconsin, has said that governor romney has to be much more bold and specific in laying out this case and he wants to unleash paul ryan, the congressman from wisconsin as well, thinks the whole romney campaign has to be more in the ryan playbook, has to be putting out more bold and specific ideas, is he right? >> i don't think he quite said it that way. i know that he said that months ago. he's not right as we see here today. >> you used the words bold and specific this week. >> i'll tell you about specifics first mitt romney talks all the time about reducing gdp, reducing small business taxes. reducing income taxes across the board by 20%. for crying out loud, we got paul ryan on the ticket. a budget that we passed to get ahold of the debt window the
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deficits that are out of control. that the president promised that he would fix. as far as specifics go, we're the only ones talking about saving medicare. we got specifics. coming out of our eyeballs, d s that we need to keep pounding away on those specifics and keep talking about those specifics so that the american people know, because, i think that people out there have made up their minds that clearly this president didn't fulfill the promises and the mission that he laid out four years ago and now, over the next 46 days, we have to lay out to the american people not just we need to start having people in office that commit to the promises that they make but we need to lay out the vision and lay out the specifics as we are doing but more clearly, and more consistently, on a daily basis. we have to win the day and win the mission on a daily basis.
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>> governor romney put out his tax returns, 2011 tax return on friday, obama campaign said that romney continues to fail the test of full disclosure, your response. >> i think it's totally bogus. they have given over 30% of their income to charity. wisconsin today, lot of communities have families that are extraordinarily generous, they're the ones that show up and save the symphony, they help build a wing in a library. the romneys have been successful, they also have been the type of people in the community that we thank god through their generosity. that's a narrative that needs to get out there, these are generous people. for barack obama to play this small ball game when he has a disaster overseas in the middle east and northern africa, we've
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got a disaster in the economy in this country and somehow, this president he thinks he entitled for four more years. i think he should worry about intelligence briefingings and getting the economy back on track. and interviews with, you know, meetings with jay-z and beyonce. >> i want to ask you about the chances of republicans in the senate. your own senate candidate in wisconsin said that he may be holding back his own chances as well. two questions, are you convinced that the gop can win in the senate? that todd akin is going to be the senate candidate, does he have the full backing of the republican party. >> well, i mean, the second one first, we're not going to play in missouri with todd akin, i can tell you that.
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yet to be seen whether he stays in or not. as far as the first question, i'm very confident that we can take the senate. tommy thomas is a brand, he's going to win. you go to nebraska, north dakota, four, you hold scott brown, we haven't talked about what's happening in virginia, ohio, florida, i feel very good about it. and i would keep an eye on hawaii. we have great opportunities. we're going to win this race because people know that we need a better future for this country. >> reince priebus, thank you for your time this morning. >> all right, thank you, george. the obama campaign, david axelrod with us. you heard chairman priebus right there. a good week for the republican campaign. >> well, i don't know what prism he's looking through, i don't
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think anyone else would define it was a good week. it was an enlightening week. it began with romney saying that 47% of people. >> talking about not taking the charitable deductions. >> two months ago on your own air, he said that anybody who didn't take the deductions they were owed weren't qualified to be president. i guess he's not qualified. that's exactly what he did to get his number up to 14%. lot of those 47% that he was slandering earlier in the week probably pay more -- pay a higher percentage their in taxes. look, i think that it's -- it's important that -- i mean, we did learn some things from these tax
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returns. we understood that the guy who goes around america saying that he's going to bash china, the guy who says let's believe in america, put his money in a fund that hedges against american trsuries. roots for failure of american treasuries. we learned some things. he hasn't disclosed any years before 2010. his father was the one who set the standard, 12 years, you put one or two years, you can manipulate them to give false impressions. george, the bigger issue that he's not being straight about his own taxes the bigger issue is he what he's going to do with everybody else's taxes. the tax cut that governor romney ha proposed, no specifics on how he would pay for that tax cut.
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he's either going to explode the deficit. >> unemployment rose or remain the same in 38 states last month. huge problem for the president. >> well, look, the country has come through a difficult time, george, we know that. we have had this discussion before. we have come a long way since losing 80,000 jobs. but this is ongoing project. the question is for the country right now, is the answer to go back to trickle-down economics? a $5 trillion unpaid tax cut skewed to the wealthy. deregulation of wall street, the same script we played through in the last decade or are we going to keep moving forward to rebuild this economy and rebuild the middle class? >> the romney campaign will remind everyone about obama's failures.
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this book looking back at the debt limit crisis last year, bob woodward's book, here's the ad. >> during stimulus negotiation barack obama pulled his democratic leadership team, harry reid nancy pelosi, and as president obama spoke, nancy pelosi hit the mute button, went on the meeting, ignoring the president. not even listening to what he said. if he can't lead his own party, how can he lead america? >> president obama's failed test of leadership. >> first of all, thattensy pelosi has denied that incident. the larger point is this, george, i read today that the romney campaign said they're going to double down on their attacks on the president. it's not about them tearing down the president. they haven't offered ideas about how they're going to lift up the country. until they do that, i think the american people are going to
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reject him. the poll from massachusetts, governor romney the state he governed six years ago, he's 30 points behind. what a harsh judgment from the people who know him best. >> you talked about the polls. in the gallup poll, it shows a tied race. >> we said that it was going to be a close race. we knew that it was going to be a close race. we're prepared for a close race. i'm not going to get into the nuances of individual polls. some have us farther ahead, narrowly ahead. we're prepared for a close race. chairman priebus said a lot is at stake in the future. coming up -- powerhouse roundtable weighs in all of the week's politics. president obama, what are you doing? your poll numbers are looking great. your opponent is in flames.
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i haven't heard joe biden's name in months which is great. yet, you come out and say, i can't change washington from the inside. you want us to fix it? look, if you make a facebook page we'll like it. it's the least we can do. but it's also the most we can do.
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roundtable coming right up after this from our abc stations.
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we got our asses kicked in if first quarter. it's time to get off the mat.
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you have a strategy? >> i have a beginning one. >> what is it? listen up. that ground game isn't working. we're going to put the ball in the air. we're going to lose some of these battles and we might even lose the white house. but we're not going to be threatened by issues. we're going to put them front and center. we're going to raise the level of public debate in this country. and let that be our legacy. >> little vintage west wing right there, inside the romney war room, getting the same kind of advice. more mitt. let mitt be mitt. george will off today. we're joined by nicolle wallace, melody barnes, jorge ramos of univision, what a week you have had.
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ann court is back again. thank you for coming in. author of a new book out this week "mugged." also robert reich, former labor secretary for president clinton. your book is now out in paperback. nicolle, let me begin with you, you heard chairman priebus right there, overall defining week for the romney campaign. more intense strategy going forward. >> look, i talked to about a half folks inside the romney campaign and they see things the way we see things. republicans on the outside have angst in two very distinct categories, angst with the candidate himself. shows a misunderstanding that nobody receiving public assistance wants to be receiving public assistance.
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the other category of angst that republicans on the outside have, is about the campaign itself, and i think that this is really a time testing for both the candidate. >> from inside the campaign, if you could laid out in two, three points what is their strategy? >> i have to stop being hostage to the news cycle. so, they will admit that they need to get out of the gaffe-prone narrative that they seem to be hostage in. the other thing that they understand, they need to start doing, is to drive a message of their own. >> right. meanwhile, bob reich, what a lot of democrats took away from that video that came out on monday in some ways romney was attacking his own base in that 47%. >> absolutely. it was a devastating video because it confirmed the
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democrat story about romney that he's an elitist, he's out of touch. but, what struck me most isn't so much the content of that video but the way in which romney presented himself, romney is somebody that we don't know who he is, this notion that -- in that video, he comes guard as compassionate. that passion and that commitment is about elitism. it's not about caring for most americans. >> ann? >> i wished he showed the real romney. i couldn't disagree with both of them. what most americans heard was 47% of americans don't pay taxes. everyone at this table may know this. but most americans don't know that. for people to find out that the
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47% of americans aren't paying income taxes, only he's explaining to donors. this wasn't a campaign speech, are saying, our low tax message isn't going to resonate with people that don't pay taxes. when you play the actual clip, it's him explaining to donors why he can't get 47%. >> it was so >> then, let's play it. the descriptions in the media are so much worse. msnbc will explain it but won't show it. >> we did see it. and i think it was shockingly bad politics. what's underneath it, as bob was saying, is devicive. on top of that, the next president will have to continue to make big decisions on the deficit. what romney displayed is a lack
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of understanding of the real lives of a lot of people, of seniors, of people in the military, yet, we're going to trust him to make decisions about their lives, for those who aren't, they're child tax credit. a whole number of reasons that the working poor are paying taxes. or their tax rate is quite low. >> jorge? >> i think it's a defining moment in the campaign. who's the real mitt romney? at a univision meeting, he said that he wanted to be the president for the 100%. in an interview with cnn, he said that he wasn't concerned about the very poor. he has to get out of that box, otherwise -- >> he said that he didn't have to care about them in terms of appealing directing his campaign toward them. of course, obama doesn't have to
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worry about ux you know, the base republican voters. he doesn't have to worry about pro-lifers. he's explaining to voters that these voters aren't going to be responding from the low tax -- will not respond to a low-tax message. as nicolle said, we think republican policies as happened under reagan will list all of those. and make the poor much better off. >> he was speaking to donors. i don't that hurt him. that was the highlight for most people. we believe that republican policies help the poor and democratic policies hurt the poor. >> republicans, i think, are at their best when they're able to take their message and present themselves and they truly they're running for the vote for
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every voter. >> this video can't be separated from the romney/ryan budget which cuts dramatically taxes for the very wealthy, at the same time, cuts programs that the average and poor americans depend on. >> back in 1962, when george romney was running for governor of michigan, i saw a very telling interview with a younger romney in 1962, she was saying that her husband had trouble connecting with regular people, so, there you go, it's very familiar. >> ann romney came out this week trying to quiet some of these republican critics. >> stop it. this is hard. you want to try it? get in the ring. this is hard. it is time for all americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with mitt's qualifications and experience and know-how. >> do you think that the
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campaign has exceeded in quieting the critics? >> i don't. i think the romney campaign still believes they're going to have to win. i have to say, the republicans that feel angst feel less today than four years ago this week, they don't view this campaign as much as a calamity as they viewed the campaign that i was a part of the mccain/palin campaign. george w. bush got 42% of the hispanic vote. romney is polling in the 20s. the structural concerns are legitimate. republicans aren't worried for no reason. but i think at this point, it's going to be a daily story line for the campaign to deal with. >> melody, two more unemployment
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reports have to come out between now and election day, at least some of the big national polls this is still a dead heat. >> absolutely. as axe said in your segment earlier, everyone knew that this was going to be a close election. at the same time, what we have seen in some of the polling and i don't live by week by week, day by day polling, and no one should, because it is over the long haul, but when you break open that polling, people respond to the president because they believe he gets their concerns. he understands their daily lives. and also, we're holding everyone even in this very, very bad economy. >> george, we have two unemployment reports coming up. on october 5th and one november 2nd. and three presidential debates.
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anything can happen. it's still very close. romney's unfavorables are higher than his favorables. at this time in a presidential race, i can't remember a presidential candidate's unfavorables were higher than his favorables. >> ann, i was talking about the polls in the big battleground states, they're going to determine the race. in those eight states, in every single one of them, president obama is either ahead or right inside the margin of error. right now, romney not ahead in a single one of those battle ground states. >> well, i don't know what they expected. but, it's not very good for the incumbent that he can't beat 50%. you also have the media in war mode now. it's hard for romney to get his message out when it's nonstop
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bashing of romney, paraphrasing of what he said. he releases his taxes last year yesterday and it turns out that he gave $4 million to charity. they're attacking him for not taking deductions. how can you win something like that? which is why i think that the debates are going to be very important. for the first time americans will be able to see romney unfilter and i think it will make a big difference. >> october 3 prd, probably the biggest audience of the campaign, what would you have him do that. >> be like you were in that florida debate, his best debate. very popular with hispanics in florida. >> you know, romney is a good debater and he's more experienced more recently than barack obama. go back to the 2008 election,
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the democratic primaries and remember that obama wasn't a great debater. he stumbled. but, look, i mean, the economy, the economy, the economy. i mean if romney doesn't start talking about the economy and making that his centerpiece. >> not social issues. >> he is. people don't see it. >> but he did get a fairly solid reception at the univision forum this week, i want to show more of that. you also pressed president obama on his failures of immigration quite forcefully. >> a promise is a promise. and with all due respect, you didn't keep that promise. >> in's a thinking that the president is someone who's all powerful and get everything done. we have to have cooperation from
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all of these sources in order to get something done. >> in that, you tapped into, jorge a lot of disappointment in the hispanic community of the performance by the president. as nicolle was talking about, he maintains this huge lead within the latino community, how do you explain it? >> even though latinos care about jobs, education, immigration is a symbolic issue. it's important to us. so, for president barack obama is supporting the dream act. i had to confront him. he broke a promise and i had to ask him about that. he has deported more immigrants than any other president in the history of the united states. on the other hand, we have mitt romney who's supporting these very strange ideas of
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self-deportation. governor romney is not for the dream act. not for students. is the first republican candidate who doesn't support immigration reform. here, you have latinos having to decide between a president who broke a president, on the other hand, they have a candidate who's probably been attacking latinos for a long time. >> you have to stick with economy. as you said, hispanic voters in this country care about the divisions. obama's failures on the immigration reform predate his presidency. george w. bush, the last person to champion immigration reform. barack obama was nowhere. he was not part of the solution. he wasn't part of the coalition trying to do comprehensive reform.
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but i think that romney has to keep the broader message and try to drive that home. >> melody? >> i don't think that's consistent with the facts for a couple of reasons. one, i was at the white house, my staff was up on the hill working with republicans and democrats trying to craft a comprehensive reform act. those negotiations broke down. at the same time, as jorge said, we were driving forward with the dream act. the reality is, legislation is passed on the hill. the president gets to sign them into law. we have seen a dramatic shift from george w. bush, ronald reagan, republicans who work with democrats to move things forward. we didn't see a president breaking his party, we have seen a party broken their faith. >> ann court e you make a provocative comment in your
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book, various groups, have commandeer the black civil rights experience. >> yes. i'm glad that you asked that. i think what the way liberals have treated blachildren and ma of their policies have been h m harmful to blacks. we shouldn't -- there's the legacy of slavery and jim crowe rules. we don't own feminists. or gays two want to get married to one another. that's what civil rights has become for much of the left. >> immigrant rights aren't civil rights. >> no. i think civil rights are for black and this is essentially the problem. >> what have we done to the immigrants? we owe something to black people. >> most of us, either immigrants
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or are the descendantd -- we understand in this country, making so difficult for immigrants that they have to leave. or the dream act, you know, vetoing, threatening to veto the dream act, again and again, we have governor romney who is basically taking a position that's anti, the fastest growing segment of the population. >> republicans so far away from latinos they're going to lose not only this election, they might lose the white house for the future. >> that's why they're dropping blacks and moving on to hispanics. i think the point on immigration
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is you can open borders or a welfare state. you can't have both. when you have a big government giving out benefits you have to care very much who the immigrants are. >> exactly. >> both legal and el legal immigrants are more likely to be on welfare than native-born americans. >> melody? >> they're here because we hire them. they pay taxes. they create jobs. they start new businesses. that's why they're here. and thousands of companies are hiring them. >> surely you agree that a nation has to have control over who becomes a citizen of the nation? >> absolutely >> and that kind of immigration reform of course republicans support. okay, but -- >> can i just say something?
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>> because, immigration reform is going to be a central issue for this country for the next 20 years, because the baby boomers are aging. we have an aging population. the only way we can improve the ratio is by taking in more young immigrants. >> to go to both what jorge and robert we're saying, jurisdiction after jurisdiction were passing all of these anti-immigrant rullaws. people understand that it just not reasonable or rational. it doesn't work for the economic growth of particular communities. ann, you keep telling me, you're going love my book.
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i think you misunderstand the history of what happened to immigrants and the history of discrimination of immigrants in this country. something that my former boss, john kennedy. to deal with the fact that we were trying to keep people from coming into this country that leads or build on the fact that we're a nation of immigrants. >> all nations are nations of immigrants. >> let's not the immediate history. ronald reagan and george w. bush, were more attractive to hispanic voters in a lot of ways. we shouldn't belittle the hispanic vote. they are, you know, more than almost a third of the country. so this is a group of voters, just like the women vote, just like working, they're going to vote on a myriad issue and a
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republican governor, i thought that he created kind of a lesson for republicans. don't position yourself so you're against the immigrants. >> it was overturned by the court. it wasn't the people of california. at least 47% of hispanics in california voted for proposition 187. >> i want to talk about the senate real quickly. we heard reince priebus right there, six months ago, most people who followed senate races republicans are going to take it over, right now, that's much more in question because of the resignation, the retirement of olympia olympia snowe.
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>> partially, i really like scott brown, i think he's a fater. he's really bostonian. 's so sweet. he would be so popular. he has to run in massachusetts, one state that voted for george mcgovern in 1942. >> my home state. i think scott brown's real problem is that he's walking -- people like him in massachusetts. he's very likable. his favorabilities is very high. the coat tails. the negative coat tails of the romney campaign to me signify not just romney as the candidate, also this right-wing republicanism that's different
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from your father's republican party. people are saying i don't want that right-wing republicanism. >> you're looking for a republican pickup and a comeback for linda mcmahon. >> i love this campaign. very popular, strong women. i love that she got up after losing two years ago, threw her money back in, also something interesting that puts their money where their mouth is. and i live in the state. she's running a great campaign. this is a place where the republican message is about the economy. she's really running a pretty disciplined message campaign and it shows when you can get the focus back on the economy you really can take it to the democrats. >> jorge ramos, almost certain republican win in texas? >> absolutely. it's a great race. he's 41%.
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he has the support eof the tea party. some interesting, most latinos the tend vote democratics. but latinos have elected lately all conservative republicans. marco rubio. >> that's going change, a whole generation of democratic. >> quickly around the table. quick prediction who's going to control the senate in january 2013. >> democrat. >> republican. >> democrats, of course i have no idea. very close. >> and i don't know. >> i agree. it's wide open. a little bit more money on democrats over republicans. but not much. back in 60 seconds. some emmy predictions coming up.
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roundtable tonight. emmys coming up tonight. mitt romney's favorite show is "modern family." president obama likes modern family but also a big homeland show. who do you like? >> game change. >> she played you? >> she did. there she is right there. >> she's up for best supporting actress. >> yes. >> julianne moore for sarah palin. >> right, right. >> how about your favorite show? >> homeland. >> not only is obama a "homeland" fan. i got to tell you, claire danes is extraordinary. she's going win. >> you would think that president obama would like a little bit of relief from his job. who are you watching?
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>> i have seen none of these shows. i think it's going to be "breaking bad." >> thank you. >> self-promotion. jorge? >> i love the newsroom. i really do. for the emmys, i think "the colbert report". >> colbert would be knocking off jon stewart. >> he has us all confused. >> claire danes, i fell in love with "homeland."
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and i love don cheadle as marty kane of "house of lies." it's fascinating tv. >> jon hamm finally deserve an emmy. >> the show has won so many years in a row. >> i'm still a big "modern family" fan. i think they're going to get a lot of awards. i think jimmy kimmel breaks through and beats colbert. >> i agree with you. after all, he's the host, it would be a nice benefit. we'll see how he handles it all. catch the emmys on abc starting at 7:00 eastern time. the conversation will continue online. secretary reich and ann coulter are going to answer your questions on twitter.
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can't wait for that. and now -- three moments from this week in history. what year was it? president reagan shot. >> he was wounded. the president was hit. >> the shuttle has cleared the tower. >> the space shuttle launched for the first time. from abc news -- >> and so did "this week." >> we have a new sunday program for you, we'll look at what's been happening, what's happening now and what we can see happening next week? >> was it 1981, 1982 or 1983? we'll be right back with the answer. ♪ [ male announcer ] navigating your future
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can't wait for that. what year was it? when did the space shuttle and "this week" take off? 31 years ago, 1981. see that first broadcast of "this week" on our website. abc news dot domestic/thisweek. now we honor our fellow americans who serve and sacrifice. this week, the pentagon released the names of seven soldiers killed in afghanistan.
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and finally your voice this week, today's question comes from marl ya kilt, who wants to know if i read for pleasure. between work and reading to my kids, right now, i'm reading a great book of short stories. i'm also looking forward to cracking my jake tapper's upclose look at one of the most dramatic battles in afghanistan. it's called outpost and it's out in november. that's all for us today. check out more with david muir on "world news" tonight. and i'll see you tomorrow on "good morning america."
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two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. and every day since, we've worked hard to keep it. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help people and businesses who were affected,
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and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open for everyone to enjoy -- and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. we've shared what we've learned with governments and across the industry so we can all produce energy more safely. i want you to know, there's another commitment bp takes just as seriously: our commitment to america. bp supports nearly two-hundred-fifty thousand jobs in communities across the country. we hired three thousand people just last year. bp invests more in america than in any other country. in fact, over the last five years, no other energy company has invested more in the us than bp. we're working to fuel america for generations to come. today, our commitment to the gulf, and to america, has never been stronger. it's something you're born with. and inspires the things you choose to do. you do what you do... because it matters. at hp we don't just believe in the power of technology.
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